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next. the president's defense secretary backs away from words about syria and chemical weapons. >> bret: the pentagon top man says syria appears to have slowed the preparation to use chemical weapons against opposition forces. some of those forces may not exactly be friendly to the u.s. national security correspondent jennifer griffin has the latest. >> hours after the state department declared a syrian faction terrorist organization, members of the syrian opposition announced the group known as al musria played integral role to help overtake key stronghold, large military base in aleppo. it's a front group for al-qaeda in iraq. demonstrating the complexity of the syrian war and u.s. reluctance to get involved in the inability to ignore. today, leon panetta backed off suggestions the syrians were making preparations to use chemical weapons. >> the intelligence leveled off. we haven't seen anything new indicating any aggressive ste steps to move forward in that way. >> pentagon never officially acknowledged the intelligence report that the components for the nerve gas had been mixed. the
, and he's warned there will be consequences if syria crosses that red line. let's get to kathry catherine he live in washington. what do we know about this video? i can't get confirmation from anyone. >> reporter: we're being told there's no independent evidence the syrian regime has used chemical weapons, but over the weekend video uploaded to the weapon claimed to show the use of chemical weapons by the assad government. this fire allegedly producing toxic smoke after tank was unloaded by a syrian jet over rebel-held territory. another video which could not be authenticated claimed to show protective er gear confiscated y opposition forgeses and the syrians continue to issue reassurances they won't use chemical weapons on their own people. >> shepard: it's my understanding the u.s. is about to label one of those groups a terrorist organization. >> reporter: the rebel group is blamed for more than 40 suicide bombings in syria in the last year alone including an attack at the military intelligence headquarters in damascus that killed 55 and injured about 400 in may. the group uses foreign
. >> brian todd is there in north pennsylvania for us. thank you. >>> turning to syria, the united states insists that the rebel group is is a terrorist will not weaken the regime. sanctions were slapped on the leader of the group only hours after it was back listed by the state department. our senior international correspondent arwa damon is inside syria with an extraordinary look at one rebel fighting the battle with an exclusive homemade recipe. >> reporter: with the precision of a master chef, he adjusts the flame. in the pan, table sugar and a chemical compound bought locally that we've agreed not to name. it's almost ready, he says, as the color darkens. he doesn't want his face shown. he has decades of experience in the art of war. he says he fought with the palestinians twice by the israelis in the 1980s. but they had more mercy than the assad regime. he adds bitterly. now he's using his training and weapons design that he got in libya. this amount combined with another substance is what he uses to make a single grenade. when it comes to making the prop pell lants for a rocket, it
in liberating libya. we are now thinking about deploying defense missiles on the turkish border with syria. we're putting forces into the western pacific because of north korea, they may launch a missile as a test object. we have china, which could have a defense establishment on budgetary terms larger than our own with capabilities that we may not be able to match. we are the only one that is "x," but that may not be enough. host: right-wing radical on twitter says, we agree to bring the troops home and spending money here. leave the world be. republican caller. caller: i agree with right-wing radical. bring the troops home. i specifically wanted to ask about the militarization of our police department and our sheriffs departments. i am calling from fredericksburg, virginia. we have a swat teams that are running drones. what about homeland security and all this apparatus we are using? isn't that just switching from the cost of the military to homeland security, which president bush did not want? how was the war financed? i know that george bush did not credit on the baseline pentagon budget,
which had graphite cylinders came from north korea and probably going to syria for syria's missile program. jenna: china has a role in all of this as well? >> china has been backing both iran and north korea with regard to missiles and nukes. >> where can you point to as an example where sanctions have actually worked, when it comes to north korea or iran or anywhere? north korea is obviously still pursuing a very high-tech weapon. >> right. >> according to these reports they deny it. >> sure. >> to be fair when have sanctions really worked? worked5 and 2007 with regard to those financial sanctions i talked about. of course they also worked with south africa which is the prime example. they probably also worked with regard to yugoslavia when the country was going through some problems. sanctions can have an effect. not enough on their own but when you do that with other diplomacy, yeah, they can have a lot of effect on these regimes. iran right now is reeling because of the financial sanctions that the u.s. imposed on the central bank of iran. jenna: that is what many say. the big
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